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Daphne Neville and Rudi the Otter appeared in five episodes of ‘Come Dine With Me’, broadcast at 5.00pm on Chanel 4 in 2018.
It wasn’t long before #comedinewithme was trending on Twitter:
‘#comedinewithme Daphne is what is great about Britain..cute polite nice classy positive welcoming….list is endless,nice crowd now on here’
‘Daphne is lovely
#ComeDineWithMe how cute is that old lady Daphne!! Ahhh’
‘Yes and we love Daphne too!!
#comedinewithme ‘#comedinewithme I could not love Daphne anymore than if she was my own Nan!’
‘Aww I do love Daphne!!
‘We are only tuning in to watch daphne
‘Aww isn’t Daphne just the best!!
‘Daphne the perfect dinner guest
#comedinewithme #comedinewithme I totally want to adopt Daphne!!
Daphne opened Episode 5, being ‘first off’ on Monday 20th August, opening a can of tomatoes.
Daphne was interviewed in her kitchen and we met the guests as they came downstairs.
Every detail had been carefully planned. The wine was chilled, the table looked lovely and there was almost constant laughter. Viewers seemed to be engaged: ‘Go daphne!!
Daphne prepared tomato and mushroom soup for her four guests, followed by wild salmon, only to find out that two of the guests disliked fish, which was a bit of a pity.
Viewers on Twitter were apaulled: ‘So James wouldn’t eat Daphne’s main cause he doesn’t like fish but his starter is lobster?
One of the guests, who was a stickler for good manners, became irritated by another member of the party and walked out before pudding, which was quite dramatic.
It rather blew her own words out of the water although she did later write to Daphne to apologise. There was a roar from viewers on Twitter:
#comedinewithme ‘OMG how rude is Anne?! Lecturing the others on manners and then walking out on Daphne?! Bitch!’
Suddenly there was one less. Her fans on Twitter were in uproar:
#comedinewithme Poor Daphne, completely bemused!!
Daphne kept going and the evening became increasingly enjoyable, especially when Rudi the Otter was brought down to meet everyone.
In the end, Daphne was awarded 28 points by her four dinner guests
The Twitter-atary added their opinion:
‘Everyone needs to protect and look after Daphne, that woman is a legend!!
‘If Daphne doesn’t win I’m going to kill someone
‘Daphne is our winner
#comedinewithme #comedinewithme Can we have Daphne on every week please!
You can watch this week’s episode on Channel 4 catch-up here
You can! Daphne and Rudi the Otter will be appearing at the Frampton Country Fair in South Gloucestershire on 9th September 2018. All welcome!
Stories about Daphne and her tame otters can be found in ‘Funnily Enough’ a memoir by Sophie Neville available online and to order at your local library.
Daphne has been busy filming with her tame otter Rudi starred in the BBC TV Natural World series ‘Suppercharged Otters’ with Charlie Hamilton James, who he is investigating in Mark Wheeler’s photograph above. To read more about this, please click here or go to the Otters page on this website.
Rudi also appeared in the second series of ‘The Durrells’ as both the male otter Gerald Durrell captured on Corfu, and his mate. To read more about this, please click here.
The show that gained 9 million hits – originally broadcast on Channel 4 this August. Daphne appeared in all three episodes.
“The highlight of the programme….are three tremendous women” – The Times
In the first episode, Daphne and two friends are taken to Amsterdam in ‘this lively three-part series’ presented by Barry Humphries. ‘They were sampling cannabis in Amsterdam. Flames leaped up in their faces but only made them dissolve in giggles. It was shot in the Red Light District and is actually illegal but they enjoyed their trip (overseas).’
To see photographs and a review in the Telegraph, please click here
There is more in the Guardian, ‘They’re not here for the tulips’.
In Episode 2, Daphne and her two friends went off to try out virtual gaming and had fun ‘killing’ each other. She went to the hairdressers in Episode 3 , only to ask her stylist if she would make her look nice after she’d died – when she was in the coffin.
She threatens to climb out of a coffin next. OAPs on the rampage. There is surely to be another series. It is wonderful to see how gorgeous the senior citizens looked in their youth. Click here for photos of Daphne.
The clips have gone viral. ‘You’ve become an internet sensation, Granny.’
‘You won’t see me, I was playing a wall-flower,’ but rest assured Daphne was there, in Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie.
‘I’m in a scene with June Whitfield when everyone is dancing.’ This is clearly described by Jennifer Saunders as, ‘some kind of late-night lesbo party’ and Daphne’s sitting to left of screen with a fancy glass of champagne in her hand!
‘It’s meant to be the South of France but was shot in a hotel in London.’
They did have fun.
You want more?
Trailer for the award-winning short thriller ‘Cold Caller’ starring Daphne Neville, Philip Cook and Peter Stenson
“An elderly couple encounter a mysterious ‘cold caller’. Convinced of his credentials, they invite him into their home with unexpected consequences.”
You can visit Lucky Feather Productions on Youtube.
Daphne has had another busy year, giving talks on otter conservation and appearing in a number of feature films including ‘Ab Fab’ the movie, and the new ‘Bridget Jones’ as well as ‘The Crown’ for Netflix. She is currently presenting ‘The Pensioners Guide to the UK’ produced by Rumpus Media for Channel 4.
Next week Daphne is off to BBC Manchester to appear in a new quiz programme, before flying off to film in Amsterdam.